Baseball Drops 9-8 C-USA Marathon With UAB
April 19, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis baseball dropped a 9-8, 15-inning, Conference USA contest to UAB at AutoZone Park Friday night.
The Tigers and Blazers traded four-run third innings and Memphis scored one in the fourth, only to give away a run in the top of the fifth. Each team posted three-run frames in the seventh, to knot the score at eight each.
Junior reliever Josh Cartwright, sophomore Josh Payne and senior Gabe Council combined to hold the Blazers scoreless over the next seven innings, while UAB freshman Tony Falls fired eight scoreless innings for the win.
The Blazers' winning run came in the top if the 15th after Blazer junior Justin Miller doubled off the left field wall. UAB freshman Scottie Holden entered as a pinch runner and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Chad House. The first base umpire then called a balk on Council and Holden trotted home as the game-winner.
Payne allowed just two hits and struck out three over 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. The Houston High graduate was also 3-for-7 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore third baseman Kyle Scott was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to help pace the Tiger offense.
The 15-inning, 4 hour, 31 minute-affair was the Tigers longest game since a 1999 contest against Evansville that spanned 21 innings and was called in a 4-4 tie. It is also the Tigers first loss in four extra-inning games this season.
Memphis and UAB sqaure-off in game two of a three-game C-USA contest at Nat Buring Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.